Magasa, Lombardy

Comune di Magasa

Location of Magasa in Italy

Coordinates: 45°46′20″N 10°45′30″E / 45.77222°N 10.75833°E / 45.77222; 10.75833Coordinates: 45°46′20″N 10°45′30″E / 45.77222°N 10.75833°E / 45.77222; 10.75833
Country Italy
Region Lombardy
Province / Metropolitan city Brescia (BS)
Frazioni Cadria, Cima Rest
  Mayor Federico Venturini (Lista Civica)
  Total 19 km2 (7 sq mi)
Elevation 978 m (3,209 ft)
Population (2011)[1]
  Total 145
  Density 7.6/km2 (20/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Magasini
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 25080
Dialing code 0365
Patron saint Sant'Antonio Abate
Saint day 17 Gennaio
Website Official website

Magasa is a town and comune in the province of Brescia, in Lombardy in northern Italy.

Historical and cultural profile

In position on the plateau of Denai, in the Valley of Vestino, inland of Lake of Garda, rises the small village of Magasa, whose origins go back to the Celtics; they called the place mag, the field. The Stoni and the Gallic Cenomani, then the Romans and the Lombards lived here. The Lodrone family established in Magasa from 1200 to 1807; then, for centuries, this has been nobody's land. It became part of Italy in 1919, Magasa was separated from Trentino in 1934, and became a hamlet of Turano.

The ancient administrative autonomy of 1589, was achieved again in 1947. The abundance of pastures has always been significant for the village economy, dedicated to cattle raising that survives, still today, in summer mountain barns, with production of milk, from which famous cheeses and butter are obtained, The historical core is a crossing of small passages with peasants' high and narrow houses; the church is dedicated to Sant'Antonio Abate, mid 18th century.[2]

Inside, the religious building is characterized by the floor in red and yellow stones from the Denervo mountain. The pleasant hamlet of Cadria is surrounded by a magic natural atmosphere; the people are proud of their small church of San Lorenzo. The church, of allegedly of Lombards origins, was restored in 1547 and is the pilgrimage arrival on occasion of the patron's day, 10 August. An ancient ritual is renewed, instituted by testament in 1588, with the distribution to every participant to the religious celebration of one piece of bread and fifth of wine.

Today, the village of Magasa is the owner of the church and it is morally engaged to comply with the original benefactor's desire to renew the tradition. The bright sky of Cima Rest, free from any pollution, has allowed the association Astrofili di Salò to arrange an Astronomical public observatory.

The haylofts of Cima Rest

The straw-roofed haylofts of plateau Denai and Cima Rest are mentioned for the first time in a document dated 1613. Some historians have established a link between their constructive type and some low Middle Age constructions; other say that Lombards from Hungrary built them in 600 a. D.

Their unique architecture is a true masterpiece of efficiency and economy. The steep roof in wheat straw is waterproof. In order not to lose the memory of the places and local culture, one of the haylofts of Cima Rest has become the Ethnographic Museum of the Valvestino.


2007. Ermenegildo Venturini ex mayor of municipality of Magasa

Mayors 1948

Festival and events

Municipality of Magasa


  1. ISTAT
  2. Magasa, Province of Brescia, DeAdostini, Novara, 2009.


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